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Here are the letters sent to us this week that can be seen on page 10. If you have a letter you can e-mail it to news@mearnsleader.com or mail it to 12 Ann Street, AB39 2ER.

Politics - Compelled to respond

Sir,

I don’t think the Mearns Leader, or any other local newspaper is the appropriate media for national political issues. However, the letter in your publication of October 24, titled “Support for Mr Johnstone” surprised me and I felt I had to respond.

I read this letter on Saturday, after reading a national newspaper, where there was an article on the proposed lower alcohol limit for drivers in Scotland, which included an interview with Alex Johnstone, in which he states:

“The risk is police will stop chasing maniacs on a Saturday night who are inebriated behind the wheel, and target young mothers in supermarket car parks on Sunday mornings.”

I can only presume from this he is condoning “young mothers” driving while under the influence of alcohol.

However, it may be he will oppose any new policy from our elected Scottish Government, demonstrating his “deep-rooted hatred” of the SNP. Either way, I would urge your readers to consider this at the next election.

One last point on last week’s letter; the writer forgot to mention the “better together” yobs who disrupted the peaceful post referendum rally in Glasgow’s George Square.

Yours etc.

James Paterson

via e-mail

Referendum - Independence ‘not yet lost’

Sir - The people of Scotland are far more united in their desire for independence than anyone imagines. When the Westminster Parties fail to live up to their promises, the referendum no vote majority will disintegrate. Those who have most recently joined the SNP and the Greens are obviously those who voted yes. There are many more who do not wish to join the SNP or The Greens. They also are anticipating the probable failure of the three Westminster Promises. Those who voted NO will be waiting in the hope of fulfilment.

Virtually the entire population of Scotland is facing the risk of failure by the Gordon Brown, Nick Clegg and David Cameron mafia to fulfil their vote-catching promises.

Unless the much-expanded SNP, the much-expanded Greens and the uncommitted public do something about it, the majority of Scotland is likely again to be manipulated, frightened or bullied by Westminster into voting for them at all future general elections.

In order to prevent this, it is essential for all loyal Scots to regard all of the people of Scotland as being on the side of Scotland, irrespective of how they voted in the referendum.

By avoiding any attack on referendum No Voters, the SNP and Greens who lost the referendum will attract more and more Scottish voters to the cause of independence, even if they cannot stand the SNP or The Greens. In their own eyes, the YES and the NO voters all did the right thing. Experience will show us all the truth. Scotland doesn’t need or want SNP and Green members telling the No voters they were wrong. The failure of the promise will persuade them.

Each voter has their own way of looking at every situation. Each voter knows what is right for them. All voters should avoid attacking opposing viewpoints and instead, encourage everyone to have their say by listening carefully to their views. When they have finished saying whatever they wish to say we should, having carefully listened, say “Yes. I agree (or I disagree, but do understand your viewpoint). Everyone will then think favourably of their neighbours, and be able to vote without fear in the future, for what is really best for Scotland.

ATTACKING THE FAILURE OF WESTMINSTER TO FULFIL THEIR PROMISE IS THE ONLY ACTION NEEDED.

Yours etc.

John Lester

43 Ninian Place

Portlethen

Litter - A big thanks and well done

Sir -I was cycling past the skatepark around 2pm on Saturday, October 25, and could not believe the amount of plastic bottles and other litter lying around. I spoke to a Mum who was watching her child play there and she was equally appalled so we decided to clear it up and enlist the help of the kids. They explained that they had not caused the mess and we said the problem is passers-by think it is them, and think it is terrible, so how about helping us tidy up? About half of them did so. It took five minutes and there must have been more than 50 fizzy juice bottles, some of them hardly touched, and other sweetie packets and cans. When we went to the road side, a favourite place to toss this detritus, it was just as bad.

To all those kids who helped us tidy up, and their parents who obviously know how to bring up responsible adults, a big thanks and well done.

To those parents who send their older kids out with cash in their pockets and turn a blind eye to the mess they make and the unhealthy, sugary poison they are consuming, have a trip down to the skatepark one night, have a look at what your teenager is getting up to and take some responsibility for their behaviour.

Yours etc.

Name and address supplied

Disgusted - Clear from the beginning

Sir - I attended the coastal flooding meeting and wish to express my disgust at the attitude and complete waste of time that resulted from the meeting.

We have been badly affected from the December 2012 and October 2014 floods. Neighbours who have twice been flooded and pensioners have had the trauma of seeing their homes wrecked.

It was obvious from the beginning of the meeting that the council were not prepared to help in any way. Are they aware of the impact it has on senior citizens? The homes we have settled into on our retirements will be extremely hard to sell. There is no joy in having to get up every night to check how the tide is behaving.

Yours etc,

Dorothy

Cowie Lane

Feedback wanted - Anonymous problem

Sir - In my previous letter on October 17, I argued that controversial letters should not normally be given space in the Mearns Leader, unless the writer was willing to be identified. The Editor conceded that it was “a fair point” and that he “did not necessarily agree with the practice”. I am therefore saddened to see that another anonymous letter, expressing strong political views, has been published on October 31. Perhaps you should ask your readers for feedback about your editorial policy in regard to unsigned letters.

Yours etc.

Gwyn Seymour

Kirkton Road

Stonehaven

Supermarket - Stuck-record scenario

Sir - Firstly, could I start with a question ‘what planet are these council peeps on’? Refusing yet another location for the supermarket seems to me to be a stuck-record scenario.

It’s like trying to get your granny to eat mince ‘n’ tatties instead of her usual fish on a Friday, she doesn’t like change either. But change we must, to move forward in a modern town.

If we don’t change, we will lose more and more until the town has no investment in it at all.

The usual points are raised, the views, the detriment of the town, not suitable location.

It seems that it is okay to stare at a dilapidated Ury house, covered in scaffolding for umpteen years, and nobody bothers, but god forbid somebody ruining the view of a renovated house.

Personally, I don’t mind that the view would be ruined, it costs me nothing to look at something, but I do have to shell out for goods in the retail outlets that are over-priced and without competition in the town centre.

The supermarket would create full and part-time jobs. It will bring people to the town that otherwise would be going into Banchory, Portlethen or Aberdeen.

If we don’t keep our eyes on the ball, then Chapelton will be developed into the place to be and Stoney will have missed the boat, and the wee business folk will up-sticks to the larger development, as there is no loyalty in business.

If we build a supermarket first, then the planners will have to tell Chapelton to express instead of major the supermarkets. And they will come to us.

So come on, peeps, sort this out, we all know we need it here and it’s time to stop faffing about and get it approved. There are only so many sites that can fit a supermarket in Stoney and if you keep knocking them back we will be running out of options.

I cannot get rid of the feeling that all this correspondence is going to be ignored and yet another useless express-style shop will be approved, and Stonehaven will have missed a huge opportunity to improve and develop, simply because some people will not look forward, as the majority of Stonehaven seem to be doing, and approve us a major supermarket, as other up-and-coming developing towns have done.

If I am wrong, I will be well chuffed. If I am not wrong, I look forward to chatting to you at the Aldi in Chapelton. Just a thought - maybe we could disguise it as a golf course and the approval would sail through.

Yours etc.

Rikee Corbett

via email

Fastlink - Log onto petition

Sir - Owing to the delay in awarding the contract for the construction of the bypass, consideration of the access details at the north end of Stonehaven, that were discussed ad nausea a few years ago, have disappeared below the horizon.

I would like to fully endorse the article in last week’s Mearns Leader (October 31) regarding the proposed junction details at the north end of Stonehaven for access to and from the new peripheral bypass. I was reminded of the details of the TRAFFIC LIGHT junction, when I visited the recent exhibition in our Community Centre of a developer’s proposal for housing next to this junction.

This junction, as currently planned, is in my opinion not fit for purpose, in that there should be free flow coming from the North to South and vice versa, both to the bypass and to the A90. I understand that an alternative proposal has been designed, meeting this criteria.

I am left wondering as to the attitude of Transport Scotland to the North East of Scotland, when I read about the lack of a flyover at Laurencekirk and the idea of traffic lights at the connection to the major roads at the North end of the Stonehaven. I can imagine the situation at rush hour in the morning, with traffic coming out of Stonehaven, wanting to go to Aberdeen or join the northbound peripheral pass, having to halt at lights between the railway and road bridge, whilst traffic coming from the north on the peripheral wanting to bypass Stonehaven has to turn right at traffic lights to join a slip road to go southbound on the A90. Major Traffic hold-ups and chaos will, in my opinion, ensue.

I have tried unsuccessfully to log onto the petition that was mentioned in last week’s Leader. I would urge the citizens of the North-east to contact both their Westminster and Scottish MPs, local councillors, community councillors and Stonehaven Town Partnership, together with Aberdeenshire Council Roads Dept., as well as freight and transport organisations, to get this junction design modified to meet the transport needs of the people of the North East of Scotland into the future.

Yours etc.

George F Strang

via email

Editors note: The correct link to the petition is:

http://www.change.org/p/the-scottish-government-and-transport-scotland-re-consider-the-fastlink-a90-junction-design

Supermarket - Disappointing decision

Sir - I am disappointed that, yet again, Stonehaven is to be denied a supermarket. For some reason our councillors have unanimously turned down two applications. No doubt, when pressed, they will give some garbled explanation in which the words ‘Local Plan’ and ‘Policy’ will feature, but it will leave us none the wiser and singularly unimpressed.

Local councillors are elected by us, so they must know how the local population feels about this. I have lost count of the number of meetings about a supermarket site that I’ve attended over the years. It makes me wonder which part of the word ‘yes’ our councillors do not understand. They can vote to build a supermarket at Cowie, thus ruining one of the iconic views of the Stonehaven ‘bowl’ but apparently cannot envisage a supermarket in a reasonable position. Other places have supermarkets, so why not us?

I fear that we have missed the boat and we will never get a reasonably-sized alternative supermarket here, as most of the ‘big 4’ are now building local stores only (the size of the Market Square Co-op) as they count the cost of the recession. No site will ever be the nirvana the local councillors are looking for.

I cannot understand why they can’t compromise – why can’t our local council have a more positive ‘can-do’ attitude, instead of the general atmosphere of negativity and lethargy they exhibit. Stonehaven is suffering as a result of their apathy. I note that the decision goes to the full committee later in November. Perhaps they will have a more positive attitude.

I would ask each of the councillors to explain and justify their actions in rejecting these proposals – in plain terms which leave out ‘council speak’ and bureaucratic jargon - when they know precisely what our views are. If a supermarket is not in the ‘Local Plan’ then the obvious question is WHY NOT?

Yours etc.

Diane J Fleming (Mrs)

5 David Street

Stonehaven